Inspired by the grand cross-cultural springtime celebrations enslaved Africans created during colonial times, the Philipsburg Manor community will host its annual Pinkster Festival on Sunday, May 20, 2007, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
As part of the day’s festive events, Historic Hudson Valley, which owns and operates historic Philipsburg Manor, will bestow its African-American Heritage Award on Jerry and Gloria Pinkney of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., the award-winning, world-renowned authors and illustrators of children’s and general interest books including John Henry, Back Home, Aesop’s Fables, Noah’s Ark, and The Ugly Duckling. Beginning at 12:30 PM, the Pinkneys will sign copies of their books, followed by the award presentation that will take place at 1:30 PM.
Throughout the day, dancing, drumming, African folktales, and food related demonstrations are featured at Pinkster. New this year will be performances on the kora, a traditional musical instrument of West Africa, and performances by Youth Theater Interactions, a dancing and drumming group comprised of young people from Yonkers, N.Y. The day culminates in the crowning of a Pinkster King.
Admission to Philipsburg Manor is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for children under 5 and HHV members. Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. For more information, please call 914-631-3992 or visit www.hudsonvalley.org.